About the Authors

Competing Interests

NMF is a consultant to OmniCyte, and chaired the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists' Scientific Advisory Committee at the time of its opinion paper on cord blood banking. He is on the editorial board of PLoS Medicine. IAGR declares that she has no competing interests. RM is an unpaid consultant on the Board of Advisors of CureSource, a commercial umbilical cord blood bank. VM declares that he has no competing interests.